This lesson focuses on setting Project Targets, which seems to be
apropos considering it’s almost the start of a new month and the summer. If you’re like many writers, you probably have a set writing routine with a fixed number of words to write daily, but what if you need to know how close you are to completing your project or how many words you’ve subtracted during a revision process?
Scrivener provides a chockfull of features that allows you to set targets and monitor your progress. So let’s take a look at working with Project Targets. Whether you’re working on an article that can’t be more than 700 words or whether you’ve embarked on writing a novel that’s 100,000 words, project targets can help keep you on track, but also provide a visual feedback or incentive.
Let’s first define a few terms that might be obvious. A draft target is theword count goal for the entire project. A session target is for that current writing session, in other words the chapter/scene you’re working on. Sessions, by default, reset at midnight, but Scrivener provides you with the option to reset it wherein a session can last more than one day. A few things to note: project targets only work in the draft section. Scrivener counts only those words toward your target, and if you’re importing text into the Binder it doesn’t increase the word count within the session. Conversely, if you remove text files it doesn’t decrease the word count, BUT it does affect it the draft total.
To set a draft or session target, go to Project->Show Project Targets (Windows users, Project->Project Targets). A window will open and you’ll see that it’s divided in two sections, for this example, I have it as A Pig Named Moe (yes, I abandoned Under the Hazelnut Tree) and Session Target:
The bars below are progress meters that will fill in with color as youprogress towards that word count goal (red for nil words and green for completing the goal).
To set your project goal follow these steps:
1. Click the goal number to activate your text box. Type in the number.(Mac users, Edit will change to Apply).
2. From the Words drop down menu in the Project Draft Target, you can decide whether you want Scrivener to count words, characters, or pages (Page count not offered in the Windows version).
3. To view your progress, open the Targets Project window. You can also read just the target session at any time by following the steps from above.
Scrivener offers options that allows you to modify the way the program calculates progress the manuscript and session target. Click on Options, and the Project Targets Option window opens. Note: These are not yet offered in the Windows version.
The first section focuses on Draft targets and what to include when you’re compiling and creating a deadline date. The rest is session targets. Let’s take a look at one-by-one.
• Count Documents in Compile Only: If this option is selected only words added to the text files that are marked to Include in Compile count toward target progress.
• Target Applies to Current Compile Group Only: If this option is checked off, only those text files currently listed in the Compile window’s Contents pane count toward the goal. (We’ll get in more detail when we discuss Compile and what this all means.)
• Deadline: You can set a deadline for your project, which can be used to calculate your daily writing goals.
• Reset Session Count: Click on this drop down menu and you have the option to reset it back to zero on project close, next day when the session is opened, the default at midnight or never to automatically reset counts.
• Count Text Written Anywhere in the Project: This could be notes written document notes or in the research folder. But words written outside the draft folder don’t count toward the overall manuscript target progress.
• Allow Negatives: Selecting this allows the session to go below zero.If you unselect it, the count doesn’t go negative even if you deleted more words than you added.
• Automatically Calculate from Draft Deadline: This calculates the deadline date to determine the daily word count target to meet the deadline.
• Writing Days: You can select which days you’d like to write so that Scrivener can calculate your daily session target.
• Allow Writing on Day of Deadline: If this isn’t selected, Scrivener doesn’t include it in its calculations.
• Show Target Notification: Mac only Notification that applies to both target types. You can download Growl to your computer and it notifies you when you’ve reached your goal or fall below a target.
Once I’ve made my selections, my targets look like this: